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Marcus Mortimer
Owner, Big Bear Films, UK

Marcus is presently developing a new comedy with writing legend David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave, Jonathan Creek, Love Soup) as well as new shows for rising stars Reginald D Hunter and Nina Conti. His company Big Bear Films has been producing comedy, drama and factual entertainment over the last 12 years. With his partner at Big Bear, John Stroud, they produced over 50 episodes of the BBC ONE hit family comedy My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon as well as new comedy BIG TOP starring Amanda Holden, John Thomson and Tony Robinson as well as comedy, Marcus has produced the horror/fantasy drama series STRANGE for BBC ONE, which starred Ian Richardson, Richard Coyle and Samantha Janus. And more recently in factual entertainment Big Bear Films discovered “The Hairy Bikers” and produced three series of “The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook”, which set the duo onto world domination!

Until 1989, Marcus was a staff Producer/Director with the BBC where his credits included, The Two Ronnies, Victoria Wood – as seen on TV, The Rory Bremner Show and Alexei Sayle’s Stuff which won an RTS Award, the Writer’s Guild Award and an Emmy for the Best Popular Arts Programme. On leaving the BBC to work as a freelance , he produced and directed The Mary Whitehouse Experience, the cult satire show as well as Tim Firth’s Preston Front, which was nominated for a BAFTA, won an RTS Award and best comedy/drama at the British Comedy Awards. He directed the first three episodes of Jonathan Creek, and won the BAFTA for best drama series. Other dramas include the highly acclaimed BBC 2 satirical thriller, In The Red, written by Malcolm Bradbury and starring, Stephen Fry, Richard Griffiths, and Rik Mayall; and Bostock’s Cup, a satirical drama about a 3rd Division Club’s road to Wembley starring Neil Pearson and Tim Healy. He has also directed commercials as well as videos for Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson, Bob Monkhouse, Ben Elton, Peter Kay and Reginald D Hunter.